Jonathan J. Cavallero

Assistant Professor of Rhetoric



Pettigrew Hall, Room 307


Professor Cavallero teaches Film and Television Studies at Bates. His research interests include race/ethnicity and media; film and television history; Hollywood film; Bollywood; media authorship; U.S. cultural history; and multiculturalism and pedagogy.

Cavallero is the author of Hollywood’s Italian American Filmmakers: Capra, Scorsese, Savoca, Coppola, and Tarantino (University of Illinois Press, 2011). His writing has also appeared in such journals as The Journal of Film and Video, The Journal of Popular Film and Television, MELUS, Italian-American Review, and VIA: Voices in Italian Americana. Before coming to Bates, Cavallero taught at the University of Arkansas, Penn State University and Indiana University, where he was a two-time recipient of the Excellence in Teaching Award.  He is a Board Member at Lewiston/Auburn’s Emerge Film Festival where he serves on the Programming Committee and manages the festival’s education and community outreach initiatives.

Cavallero’s interest in studying Italian Americans springs from his own Italian-American background. His great grandparents immigrated to the US with their families between 1910 and 1912. As a third-generation Italian American growing up in the suburbs of Washington, DC and Philadelphia, Cavallero often looked to the movies and television for a sense of cultural definition.